Germany says `isolationist’ Trump opens global power vacuum

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on the European Union to unite and fill the void left by the U.S. drawback from global agreements that have underpinned trans-Atlantic relations for decades. Maas’s warning that the post-World War II order “no longer exists” signals that Germany is starting to confront a president who seems to delight […] The post Germany says `isolationist’ Trump opens global power vacuum appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource: bworldonline bworldonlineJun 13th, 2018

Partners École hôtelière de Lausanne, Institut Paul Bocuse Power Dusit Hospitality Management College Offerings

2018—When the Dusit Hospitality Management College (DHMC) opens its doors to its first batch of students beginning August this year, it will be opening up opportunity for the next generation of hoteliers and culinary professionals. Students looking for a global managerial career in the hospitality industry will learn from two of the most trusted names […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

What the world is saying about Putin s re-election

PARIS, France – China was the first world power to react Monday, March 19 to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin's re-election vowing to push ties to a "higher level", but Germany questioned the fairness of the vote and warned Moscow would remain "difficult". Here's a roundup of global reaction: 'Cooperative partnership'  Just a day ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

Lavrov calls U.S. election meddling claims blabber

MUNICH, Germany (UPDATED) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday, February 17, dismissed as "blabber" accusations that Moscow had interfered in the US election that brought President Donald Trump to power. "So as long as we don't see facts, everything else is blabber," Lavrov said at the Munich Security Conference, a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2018

Women’s marches register new voters, to target swing states in midterm polls

LAS VEGAS --- Thousands of people poured into a football stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, the anniversary of women's marches around the world, to cap off a weekend of global demonstrations that participants hope will continue building momentum for equality, justice and an end to sexual harassment. "This is a birthday party for a movement that has only begun to flex its power to change this democracy," Anna Galland, the executive director of the progressive group, told the boisterous crowd. Following marches that drew huge crowds across the U.S. on Saturday, one year after President Donald Trump's inauguration, protesters gathered Sunday on multiple continents, includi...Keep on reading: Women’s marches register new voters, to target swing states in midterm polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

Why Filipinos should care about ‘Fire and Fury’

If you're a Global Filipino, in Asia, the U.S., Canada, or the Middle East, or maybe a Filipino in the Philippines, here's why you should care about that scathing fly-on-the-wall tell-all, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. If you needed any more proof that the U.S. isn't what it used to be just read the book. And maybe afterwards, you'll consider your other immigration options. When democracy's modern guardians end up with a buffoonish leader like Trump at the helm, it only means one thing. It's in trouble. And all the rest of you around the world? You're on your own. Have you tried Germany? America is no longer acting like it's responsible f...Keep on reading: Why Filipinos should care about ‘Fire and Fury’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Soccer s big clash of nations not only at World Cup in 2018

By Rob Harris, Associated Press Footballing supremacy between nations will be determined in 2018, just maybe not in the way expected. The World Cup remains the ultimate prize in sport, and a Russia buffeted by doping scandals and geopolitical rifts will open up like never before to welcome thousands of fans. When the tournament reaches its climax in Moscow on July 14, the biggest global television audience of the year is likely to see the World Cup handed over. Will Germany be the first team to retain the title since Brazil in 1962? Can Neymar inspire Brazil to a record-extending sixth success? Will the players who have shared major individual honors for a decade — Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Lionel Messi (Argentina) — finally become world champions? But it became clearer in 2017 that appearing at the World Cup is no longer the only vehicle — or preferred means — for countries to validate their status and strength in the world's biggest sport. That isn't much of a reassurance, though, for Italy, the Netherlands and the United States who failed to qualify for Russia. The international soccer landscape is being reshaped by the Gulf state-funded clubs, and their clout reached new heights in the last year. Just as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates became ensnared in a diplomatic standoff, the jewels in their soccer crowns slugged it out in the transfer market pursuing the top talent. Around $300 million was spent in the summer transfer window alone by both Manchester City, which is owned by the UAE's Abu Dhabi, and Paris Saint-Germain, which is funded by 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar. The biggest statement came from PSG which more than doubled the previous transfer record by splurging 222 million euros on Neymar — an unexpected windfall for Barcelona but a deal that solidified the power shifts. Both PSG and City have already obliterated the field in their French and English leagues respectively and are racing toward regaining their domestic titles. The true test of power in this intriguing rivalry between energy-rich Gulf powers should be determined in the Champions League. The competition has been won in three of the last four years by Real Madrid, and the holders now stand in the way of PSG reaching the quarterfinals in March. Madrid and Barcelona remain in the control of their fans, a structure able to resist foreign ownership, although both teams have accepted injections of cash through UAE or Qatar sponsorships. The future spending capabilities of the nascent forces at PSG and City will be determined in the coming months. However wealthy their ownership, unfettered spending remains subject to curbs in an often forlorn attempt to maintain a competitive balance in competitions and prevent them stockpiling players. The ultimate threat hanging over PSG is exclusion from the Champions League unless it balances the books by cashing in on stars in the January transfer window. PSG's legal team is already preparing to take the fight to UEFA over its implementation of Financial Fair Play rules, having faced an earlier round of punishments — along with City — in 2014 that led to limits on the squad size and financial penalties. UEFA has also served notice on AC Milan that sanctions could be looming after around $250 million was spent in the summer by new private Chinese investors. Milan is an illustration of why authorities don't want clubs risking their financial health in the pursuit of success. Despite the investment, Milan is closer to the relegation zone than the top four Champions League qualification places halfway through the Serie A season. City is in a more advantageous position than either PSG or Milan due to its cut from domestic television rights. The Premier League is banking 8.3 billion pounds ($11 billion) from broadcasters under the current three-year deals, far eclipsing European counterparts. One of the early defining moments of 2018 in soccer won't happen on the field but in the Premier League's negotiations over the 2019-2022 rights. The winning outlets will provide an indicator of the vitality of traditional networks in an era of fragmented viewing habits where streaming platforms are luring viewers. The value of the deals will also influence the spending power of clubs in the coming years and the destination of the players. The flow of cash from Abu Dhabi since 2008 has already produced the dominant City team imagined by Sheikh Mansour. At the start of the second half of the season, Pep Guardiola's side enjoys a commanding lead over the previously pre-eminent Manchester United. How rapidly fortunes change in soccer. Guardiola, a serial title winner at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, was facing doubts over his managerial prowess as he opened his City reign with his first trophyless season. He remains on course for a quadruple at the second attempt. Across Manchester, it was Jose Mourinho buoyant in the first half of 2017 after collecting the Europa League and League Cup to offset a sixth-place domestic finish. But Mourinho enters 2018 in sullen mood, seething with envy about the lavish investment from Abu Dhabi that enabled Guardiola to remodel his squad. It's another indicator that with all the cash pumped into soccer by Gulf ruling families, the World Cup can no longer be relied on to determine the true kings of soccer in 2018......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

BONN, Germany --- As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming. The two-week meeting in Bonn, Germany, was billed as a "blue-collar" event designed to hammer out the technical details of the 2015 Paris climate accord. But fears had loomed large beforehand that the administration of US President Donald Trump, who rejects the Paris agreement, would seek to block any advances seen as counter to American interests. In the end, most agreed that US di...Keep on reading: Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2017

COP23: Plea for urgent action on climate shadowed by Trump

BONN, Germany – Following a cascade of grim reports on the gathering pace of global warming, Fiji's prime minister on Monday, November 6, appealed for "urgent action" on climate change at UN negotiations in Bonn. "The need for urgency is obvious," said Frank Bainimarama. "Our world is in distress from extreme ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017

Trump s climate pullback opens door to Chinese leadership

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's pullback from a global climate pact could accelerate China's unlikely ascent toward leadership in stemming global warmi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2017

Tensions rising between Turkish, European leaders before elections – CNN News

Turkey and the Netherlands' diplomatic feud deepened Sunday with the Turkish president accusing the NATO ally of fascism, and declaring the Dutch would &'8220;pay the price&'8221; for harming relations. The Danish Prime Minister also entered the fray, saying he couldn't host a yet-to-be scheduled visit by his Turkish counterpart in light of &'8220;current rhetorical attacks&'8221; against the Dutch. Upcoming votes in Turkey and the Netherlands serve as a backdrop for the dispute: In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has cracked down on opposition &'8212; particularly journalists, academics and the public service sector &'8212; since a July coup attempt, is pushing an April referendum that would expand his powers. In the Netherlands, this week's general elections will pit a hardline anti-Islam candidate in a tight race against the incumbent prime minister. Erdogan is keen to rally the roughly 4.6 million expatriate Turks living in Western Europe, many of whom will be permitted to vote in the Turkish referendum. Following similar moves in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the Netherlands on Saturday barred a plane carrying Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu from entering the country, citing security concerns. Cavusoglu sought to address expats in support of the Turkish referendum. The Dutch also stopped Turkey's family affairs minister from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam. Protests broke out in both countries, and Erdogan responded by saying the Netherlands is &'8220;sacrificing Turkish-Dutch relations&'8221; and accused the country &'8212; which lost more than 200,000 of its citizens during Germany's World War II occupation &'8212; of Nazism. Rotterdam, where Cavusoglu hoped to speak, was especially hard hit by the Nazis. Next month, Turkish voters will cast ballots in a constitutional referendum that could change their government structure. If passed, it would transform the country's parliamentary system into a presidential one, effectively consolidating the power of three legislative bodies into one executive branch under Erdogan. Critics call the move anti-democratic and say it's indicative of Erdogan's drift toward authoritarian rule since the coup attempt eight months ago. Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party, or AKP, ministers have said those who oppose it stand with the coup plotters and terrorists. Cavusoglu has promised tenfold retaliation against the Netherlands, while Erdogan has likened the country to a &'8220;banana republic&'8221; and called for sanctions, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. A Turkish diplomatic source told Anadolu that Dutch diplomatic missions in Ankara and Istanbul had been closed off due to security concerns. Meanwhile, the agency reported, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has told the Dutch ambassador, who is presently on leave out of the country, he need &'8220;not return for a while.&'8221; The Netherlands isn't the first nation Erdogan has accused of Nazism. Germany, too, became a target of Erdogan's Nazi comparisons after canceling Turkish rallies on its soil this month. Some 1.5 million Turkish nationals living in Germany are eligible to vote in the referendum, according to Anadolu. &'8220;I thought Nazism was over but I was wrong,&'8221; Erdogan said at the International Goodness Awards in Istanbul on Sunday. &'8220;What we saw in the last couple of days in Germany and Netherlands are the reflections of Islamophobia.&'8221; Turkey is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim. Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a sharp rebuke, saying such comparisons serve only to belittle Nazi crimes. German-Turkish relations have been on a downslide of late. Among the incidents chipping away at the countries' security and economic partnership was last month's arrest of Die Welt journalist Deniz Yucel on terrorism charges, and Turkey bristled last year when Germany's parliament declared the 1915 massacre of hundreds of thousands of Armenians &'8220;genocide.&'8221; European governments have been especially critical of Erdogan's commitment to basic freedoms since the coup. The country jailed more journalists than any other country in 2016, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Also, nearly 140 media outlets have been shuttered, more than 41,000 people have been arrested and about 100,000 workers have been dismissed from public service positions. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter interrupted during uprising Affording Turkey some leverage in the international spat is its key role in a Syrian migrant deal in which Turkey will resettle one refugee for every refugee resettled in Europe. In November, responding to European Union freezing EU membership talks with Turkey, Erdogan threatened, &'8220;If you go too far, the border gates will be opened,&'8221; according to Anadolu. Amid Sunday's diplomatic turmoil, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen postponed a yet-to-be-scheduled visit from his Turkish counterpart. &'8220;Under normal circumstances it would be a pleasure for me to greet Prime Minister (Binali) Yildirim in Copenhagen,&'8221; Rasmussen said. &'8220;But with the current rhetorical attacks by Turkey against the Netherlands, a new meeting cannot be seen isolated from that.&'8221; The Danish government is observing developments in Turkey &'8220;with great concern as democratic principles are under considerable pressure,&'8221; he said. &'8220;A meeting right now would be interpreted as if Denmark is viewing developments in Turkey more mildly, which is not at all the case.&'8221; The prime minister's office said Danish representatives and Turkish officials had been discussing the possible meeting for several weeks. It would have been scheduled for later this month in Denmark. In the Netherlands, far-right politician Geert Wilders praised the decision to bar the Turkish minister from entering the country and credited his own party for the decision. The Netherlands is heading for a nationwide vote Wednesday, with concerns about Muslim immigration a central issue. Riding a populist wave that ushered Donald Trump into the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 13th, 2017

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems opens global service center for power plants in SE Asia

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) opened Friday a global service center (GSC) for thermal power plant operators centered in Southeast Asia, in Alabang, Muntinlupa City in Metro Manila......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 16th, 2016

Trump s tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports kick in

BEIJING, China – Donald Trump's tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese imports took effect on Monday, September 24, with Beijing accusing Washington of "economic intimidation" as the standoff between the world's top two economies clouds the global outlook. The latest volley against Beijing brings the amount of goods hit ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Fil-Ams tend to favor Trump travel ban in immigrant-friendly Hawaii

    HONOLULU --- Maria, a university staff worker living in Hawaii for more than three decades, would not give a direct answer when asked if she supports US President Donald Trump's ban on Muslim-majority countries.   "It's a very complicated issue," the Filipino-American said with a laugh.   But when encouraged to speak her mind, Maria (name changed), who immigrated to the US after the Edsa People Power Revolution of 1986, said she thought the travel ban was a necessary evil to ensure the security of the state.   "You know, there are all kinds of problems with terrorists and ISIS (Islamic State) and all that, so it's only for security...Keep on reading: Fil-Ams tend to favor Trump travel ban in immigrant-friendly Hawaii.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Protecting Filipino consumers

“The government can only do so much. It is we, the consumers, who possess the power to ensure that the products we buy are of the right quality and that the stores and traders remain fair and responsive to us, their customers. Over the past few decades, the unprecedented integration of economies on a global […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

US eyes green card clampdown

WASHINGTON: US immigrants who get public benefits like food stamps or housing vouchers could be denied green cards, under a new proposal from President Donald Trump’s administration. Trump came to power pledging to make immigration to the United States more difficult, and reduce the number of people allowed to stay in the country. The Department [...] The post US eyes green card clampdown appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

In Milan, colors pop at Versace, MSGM, Etro

MILAN --- Fashion may seem a respite for the cares of the world, but often it is actually an expression of them. Designers in Milan this week are finding ways to express their concerns about the global affairs through their collections, in some cases purposely providing an escape but in others using textiles and seams to stitch together a story. Milan Fashion Week on Friday held its third day of previews for next spring and summer with shows by Antonio Marras, Etro, MSGM and Versace. Free-spirited Versace Donatella Versace is all about emphasizing the power of women and she does it on and off the runway. For this season's show, she assembled this generation's top models t...Keep on reading: In Milan, colors pop at Versace, MSGM, Etro.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

Tête-à-tête with the femmes fatales of ‘Abay Babes’

It's eye candy galore in Viva Films' fun movie, "Abay Babes" ("AB" opens Sept. 19). Think "Baywatch" and "Sex and the City," Pinoy-style. It stars Kylie Verzosa, Cristine Reyes, Meg Imperial, Roxanne Barcelo and Nathalie Hart.   Aside from their combined charms, these femmes fatales will take us on an exciting journey in "Uragon Country." They portray the "It Girls" of their high school batch in Bicol. When they reunite for the wedding of Goldie (played by Roxanne), their sisterhood is put to the test. When all else fails, woman power prevails.   Here's my chat with Kylie (K), Cristine (C) , Nathalie (N) and Roxanne (R):   What's your dream marriag...Keep on reading: Tête-à-tête with the femmes fatales of ‘Abay Babes’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Rx for Global Competitiveness – How Solar Power Can Curb Normin’s Rising Power Rates

Solar power may now appear to be more expensive per kilowatt hour. However, when used properly, it is much cheaper than electricity from coal fired power plants and can be used to reduce rising electricity rates in Northern Mindanao. The Mindanao Coalition of Power Consumers (MCPC) and their allies have been advocating the construction of solar PV plants in Mindanao since 2011 but so far the power industry has failed to exploit this resource to curb the rising costs of electricity in the island......»»

Category: newsSource:  kagay_anRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

Who warned Duterte of plot against him?

LIKE the New York Times being forced by President Trump to reveal who wrote its hot op-ed item on White House intrigues, President Duterte may find himself pressed to disclose which foreign power gave information on a destabilization plot against him in October......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

US relationship with ICC crashes under Trump

WASHINGTON--- America's long-running reluctant relationship with the International Criminal Court came to a crashing halt on Monday as decades of U.S. suspicions about the tribunal and its global jurisdiction spilled into open hostility, amid threats of sanctions if it investigates U.S. troops in Afghanistan. National security adviser John Bolton denounced the legitimacy of The Hague-based court, which was created in 2002 to prosecute war crimes and crimes of humanity and genocide in areas where perpetrators might not otherwise face justice. It has 123 state parties that recognize its jurisdiction. Bolton's speech, on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, ca...Keep on reading: US relationship with ICC crashes under Trump.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018